This compendium of poetry resources from our collections includes many great websites, articles, and lesson plans.
There are many ways to bring poetry alive in your classroom, whether it’s National Poetry Month (every April) or whether you’re just looking for a great resource for finding poems online. LEARN NC has compiled a collection of poetry resources from our collections that includes websites, articles, and lesson plans.
- What is Poetry?
- This lesson introduces students to the poetic process. They will be able to connect poetry to life in a meaningful way become more careful readers of poetry. (Grade 10)
- Creating found poetry from picture books
- Students select and read a picture book and afterwards create “found poetry” based on the picture book. (Grade 8)
- Poetry portfolios: Using poetry to teach reading and writing
- Supports students’ exploration of language and writing skills as they read and dissect poetry. (Grades K-2)
- A matter of identity: Writing an extended metaphor poem
- Students apply their knowledge of literary devices by reading and analyzing the poem “Identity” by Julio Noboa Polanco. Students then create their own poem incorporating the literary devices studied and analyzed in the above mentioned poem. This lesson includes modifications for a Novice Low Limited English student. (Grades 9-12)
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- The George Moses Horton Project: Celebrating a triumph of literacy
- The only American poet to publish books of poems while living in slavery, George Moses Horton is an inspiration for the power of literacy in our lives. This article describes a middle school project celebrating the life and legacy of George Moses Horton.
- Holding a poetry slam
- Introducing students to “the competitive art of performance poetry” builds enthusiasm for literature among even reluctant readers. This article explains how a high school in Cleveland County, North Carolina, held its first poetry slam.
- National Poetry Month
- Celebrate poetry all year long! This website has readers guides to poetry, recommendations from leading poets, advice on starting your own poetry reading group, as well as tips for librarians and educators getting ready to celebrate Poetry Month.
- Poets’ Corner
- Poets, poems, biographical information, and references to print and other online collections. Interesting features include American Folk Songs and Spirituals, a subject index and chronological index. A mega-poetry site with nearly 7000 poems and 800 poets!
- Poetry 180: A poem a day for American high school students
- Former Poet Laureate of the United States, Billy Collins, has selected 180 poems for high school students, one for each day of the school year. Who can resist such titles as “Cartoon Physics,” “Biscuit,” “Sentimental Moment or Why Did the Baguette Cross the Road?” and “Alley Cat Love Song”?
- Poets.org: The American Academy of Poets
- The Academy of American Poets was founded in 1934 to support American poets. Its website provides a rich collection of essays, interviews of poets, biographies, poems, audio clips, teacher resources, and much more.
- Favorite Poem Project
- Find over 50 short video documentaries of both common and eminent Americans reading aloud their favorite poem and explaining why it is special to them. Also find selected poetry and lesson plans.
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